Residents protest against another housing proposal in Bartestree

Ledbury Reporter: Residents protesting about housing proposals in Bartestree. Residents protesting about housing proposals in Bartestree.

RESIDENTS in Bartestree have hit out at plans to bring more houses to the village following another application.

Paul Ingram and Dave Cadwallader are proposing to house 62 homes, complete with open space land, on two fields between the village hall and shop.

The pair said that 22 of the homes will be affordable and will be energy efficient.

"It is a development ideally located within the heart of the village - with good access to services and facilities," said Mr Ingram.

"It will retain all native hedgerows, including those fronting the A438 Ledbury Road and will protect the environment and lead to positive gains in terms of local biodiversity.

"We believe that it will provide a genuine alternative to commercially-led development proposals and potentially limit the ability of national house builders to capitalise on the planning policy void with less sympathetic development proposals.

However, that has not swayed the opinion of villagers who have already seen a separate proposal for 50 homes submitted to Herefordshire Council.

"The two fields are what make Bartestree still feel like a village and that side of the road should remain undeveloped," said Geoffrey Watts, from the Bartestree and Lugwardine Parish Action Group.

"There are lots of material reasons why this big development is a bad idea - the schools are full, the sewage system is full, the water supply is at its limit and the traffic is already bad.

"Accepting this scheme will not stop other developments from taking place.

"We could end up with them all and a suburban sprawl."

Ellen and Paul Goodchild share Mr Watts' concerns - saying that it is "too much too soon."

"I haven't got a problem with housing, especially if it's affordable, but it needs to done with the neighbourhood plan in mind," said Mrs Goodchild.

However, Nicky Louden said that she was supportive of the plans - saying that it would be good for the village.

"We need more affordable housing and I think Bartestree needs a bit of a lift," she said.

"I think it will be a tasteful development within the village."

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7:50am Fri 31 Jan 14

ldnhereford says...

Neither Paul Ingram or the supportive Nicky Louden (who happens to be his sister-in-law) live in Bartestree and after July neither will have any children at the already overcrowded primary school. Just saying.
Neither Paul Ingram or the supportive Nicky Louden (who happens to be his sister-in-law) live in Bartestree and after July neither will have any children at the already overcrowded primary school. Just saying. ldnhereford
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12:16pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Mr.Herefordian says...

This development is good news we need more affordable housing.
This development is good news we need more affordable housing. Mr.Herefordian
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3:01pm Sat 1 Feb 14

P Beddoe says...

ldnhereford wrote:
Neither Paul Ingram or the supportive Nicky Louden (who happens to be his sister-in-law) live in Bartestree and after July neither will have any children at the already overcrowded primary school. Just saying.
I was actually at the event when Mrs Louden was asked for comment and she informed the reporter of the relationship through marriage - nothing underhand as you imply which I think is a little unfair. I heard many positive comments from those attending, the majority I'd say, but I guess it makes more of an article to suggest the majority are against and those that are against tend to be louder. Mrs Louden also does work at the school I believe as she told the reporter so I suggest she does have a relevant opinion. Incidentally the school may be nearly full but as was shown in the info at the event less than half of the children that attend are from within the catchment! that suggests there is a need to sustain it with local children or it's more likely to close in the longer term not be overcrowded!? The plans look good to me with 3 or 4 acres of land that could easily be built on being preserved and given to community use. People need to get real. Too many Nimbies. Just saying.
[quote][p][bold]ldnhereford[/bold] wrote: Neither Paul Ingram or the supportive Nicky Louden (who happens to be his sister-in-law) live in Bartestree and after July neither will have any children at the already overcrowded primary school. Just saying.[/p][/quote]I was actually at the event when Mrs Louden was asked for comment and she informed the reporter of the relationship through marriage - nothing underhand as you imply which I think is a little unfair. I heard many positive comments from those attending, the majority I'd say, but I guess it makes more of an article to suggest the majority are against and those that are against tend to be louder. Mrs Louden also does work at the school I believe as she told the reporter so I suggest she does have a relevant opinion. Incidentally the school may be nearly full but as was shown in the info at the event less than half of the children that attend are from within the catchment! that suggests there is a need to sustain it with local children or it's more likely to close in the longer term not be overcrowded!? The plans look good to me with 3 or 4 acres of land that could easily be built on being preserved and given to community use. People need to get real. Too many Nimbies. Just saying. P Beddoe
  • Score: 7

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